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Q: My period has been stopped for a year now all of a sudden I have a period does this mean i am not th

My period has been stopped for a year now all of a sudden I have a period does this mean i am not through menopause and why after would i start up again?

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Toni Hurst, Health Guide
12/14/09 1:12am

Dear Sherry,

You don't say how old you are or if you saw a medical provider and whether it was confirmed (via a blood test) that you were actually in menopause over the past year. So it's a little hard to tell what's happening. Typically periods go on and off for a year or so, so it isn't terribly unusual to get your period again--as I recal that happened to me too and then they stopped altogether. However, if you're concerned, ask a doctor or clinic to confirm your hormone levels with a blood test. Then you'll know for sure if you are entering or in the midst of menopause.

--Toni Hurst

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Sandy Greenquist, Health Guide
1/23/10 8:32pm

Hi Sherry,

It is not terribly unusual for women to have a period or series of periods even after being without bleeding for a year or more.  Until your estrogen is at a given low level, you can continue to very slowly build up a uterine lining that will eventually shed.

If the bleeding is erratic, spotting/bleeding off and on rather than more like a discrete period, it should be evaluated by your provider.

Good luck to you,

Sandy Greenquist, CNM

Menopause Clinician

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